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EVS serves up 20 XT3s to Gearhouse

22 June 2011

Gearhouse Broadcast has confirmed its long-term commitment to EVS systems for production servers and associated systems by buying 20 new XT3 servers as part of a multi-million pound deal, writes David Fox.

Gearhouse covers a significant portion of the broadcast business with equipment sales and rental, outside broadcast and systems integration, and already has numerous EVS systems, including 57 latest generation XT2+ servers and supporting IPDirectors, XFiles and XHubs.

The new XT3 server, which was introduced at the NAB in April, offers eight full configurable video channels with 96 audio ports and six 3D channels. It’s the first system to natively support all popular codecs without requiring hardware changes.

This deal also includes the full upgrade of its existing rental fleet of EVS systems including IPDirector content management suites, XF2 media storage allowing it to guarantee its clients the most efficient and advanced production tools.

Gearhouse Broadcast is headquartered in the UK, with offices in Australia, the US, Qatar and India, and has been involved in a wide range of live broadcast events including the Olympic Games, football tournaments, reality TV shows and concerts.

The contract with EVS "allows us to meet demanding broadcast requirements for current and future live operations anywhere globally," said Gearhouse CEO, John Newton. “Gearhouse Broadcast provides our global clients with the most up to date broadcast solutions on the market and EVS always guarantees the best of live technology while opening up the way to future broadcast operations.”

“EVS is very enthusiastic with the success of its new live production solutions recently introduced at NAB," added Luc Doneux, Head of APAC, EMEA and Events at EVS (right in picture with Newton). “The XT3 platform was conceived to keep up with live production solutions offering unrivalled flexibility and a real path to future sports broadcast operations.”

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